9 episodes

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier knows all about inspiring comebacks. As he continues his recovery from a severe spinal injury, he’ll talk to others who overcame the odds from injury and illness with grit and determination. The Ryan Shazier 50 Phenoms podcast will explore those stories.

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier knows all about inspiring comebacks. As he continues his recovery from a severe spinal injury, he’ll talk to others who overcame the odds from injury and illness with grit and determination. The Ryan Shazier 50 Phenoms podcast will explore those stories.

    Staying Driven Through Diseases: Ann Marie’s Story

    Staying Driven Through Diseases: Ann Marie’s Story

    Ann Marie Tarasovitch began experiencing health problems in her mid-40s and ended up with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, an incurable condition. A few years later came another major challenge: breast cancer. Ann Marie used both conditions as motivation, challenging herself to live for the moment. Although she exercised before her illnesses, she greatly increased her activity afterward. Hear her story in the latest episode of the “Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms” podcast.

    • 27 min
    Learning to Live Again After Devastating Crash: Justin’s Story

    Learning to Live Again After Devastating Crash: Justin’s Story

    Justin Dawson was on the job, helping a stranded motorist on the highway when a car hit him at around 60 miles per hour. The crash severely injured both of his legs, making amputation necessary. Because of the injuries, Justin had to give up a dream firefighting job. But the crash didn’t damage his drive. Find out more of his story on the latest episode of the “Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms” podcast.

    • 16 min
    Staying Strong Through Several Setbacks: Joe’s Story

    Staying Strong Through Several Setbacks: Joe’s Story

    Joe Aigner couldn’t swallow his steak one day. A diagnosis of stage IV esophageal cancer came the next day. The next year brought multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for cancer, nasty side effects, and open-heart surgery. Through it all, Joe leaned on his team – family, friends, and doctors – and his own strength to survive. Nine years later, Joe is cancer-free and a happy husband and father. Learn about his story on the latest episode of the “Ryan Shazier 50 Phenoms” podcast.

    • 27 min
    Dropping the Beat on Sickle Cell Disease: Julian’s Story

    Dropping the Beat on Sickle Cell Disease: Julian’s Story

    Sickle cell disease kept Julian Cann in and out of the hospital as a child and young adult. Then, he realized he could make a change. He improved his diet and exercise and found another outlet for his pain in music. Now an advocate for sickle cell awareness, Julian hasn’t had a hospital stay in 10 years. Learn his story in the fifth episode of “Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms.” Read the full story here https://share.upmc.com/2020/01/julian-story-50ph/.

    • 27 min
    Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms Podcast: Motivated by Motherhood

    Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms Podcast: Motivated by Motherhood

    Brandy was thrilled to be pregnant with her third child, and first girl. But late in her third trimester, the pregnancy took a scary twist: She was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening heart failure. A transplant saved her life, and the love of her family motivated her through her recovery. Find out more about Brandy’s story in the fourth episode of “Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms.”

    • 24 min
    Teaming Up to Beat Kidney Failure: Clay and Omar’s Story

    Teaming Up to Beat Kidney Failure: Clay and Omar’s Story

    Omar Foster needed a kidney desperately. His best friend and workout partner Clay Moorefield stepped up and donated his kidney to help save Omar’s life. After that, Clay and Omar worked together in the gym to get back to full strength. Today they’re closer than ever and hope to be an inspiration to others. Learn more about Clay and Omar’s story on Episode 3 of Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms.

    • 28 min

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